Round-up: Miyem still shining with Schio
NAPLES (EuroLeague Women/EuroCup Women) – Beretta Famila Schio still haven’t tasted defeat in the Italian League after they snuck past Saces Dike Napoli to maintain their perfect start to the domestic campaign as Endene Miyem continued her rich vein of form.
Schio dodge a bullet to stay perfect
Les Bleues forward Endene Miyem missed the start of the season due to injury, but is now firing on all cylinders as she made a brilliant 9-of-13 from the floor to rack up 20 points in a tight 70-68 success in Naples. Her compatriot Isabelle Yacoubou weighed in with 17 points and Giorgia Sottana made some noise in the backcourt with 19 points.
Ashley Walker scored 15 points to keep Reyer Venezia in contention as they cruised past Broni 87-43, while Passalacqua Ragusa outlasted Umbertide 70-54 after 12 points and 12 boards from Spain's Astou Ndour.
George helps Sopron sink Cegled
A wonderful 24 points and 11 rebounds from Opals’ forward Cayla George proved the difference as Uniqa Sopron dealt a blow to fellow title rivals VBC CEKKK Cegled with a 64-58 win.
There was a superb road win for Aluinvent Miskolc to condemned PINKK Pesci 424 to yet another defeat as Tina Jovanovic racked up a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in a one-sided 85-54 road win. CMB Cargo Uni Gyor also won on their travels, although only just. They had to escape from Atomeromu with a 58-56 win as Cyesha Goree scored 14 points.
Ibekwe brilliance keeps Girona rolling
A spectacular 31 points from Ify Ibekwe carried Spar Citylift Girona to an 82-72 victory at Campus Promote as they extended their perfect opening in Liga Femenina. The forward showed her shooting range with five triples and came one rebound short of cementing a fine double-double. Defending champions Perfumerias Avenida stay second after they had to work hard to avoid an upset at Pabellon Wurzburg as they eventually shrugged off a pesky CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura 52-49.
Domestic struggles for ESBVA-LM
They may have got off the mark last week in EuroLeague Women with their dramatic success over Perfumerias Avenida, but ESBVA-LM are still struggling to live up to their pre-season billing in the LFB after they tumbled to their third domestic defeat of the season in the opening seven games. They were beaten 71-65 at the improving Cavigal Nice Basket as Ambrosia Anderson starred with 18 points.
The wheels are in danger of coming off for Basket Landes who have been impacted by injuries to key personnel and they went down 67-61 at fellow EuroCup Women performers Nantes Reze. Without Queralt Casas and Kalis Loyd, the onus was on Celine Dumerc to stand up to her former club and she did that with 19 points, 8 assists and 7 boards. But, it wasn't quite enough as Margret Skuballa sunk 26 points and Katherine Plouffe excelled with 25 to take Nantes to victory.
Tango Bourges Basket are standing proud at the top of the classification as they won 74-60 against the visiting Nice, with Clarissa Dos Santos continuing her rich vein of form as she amassed 18 points and 10 rebounds. There was also a nice offering from Sara Chevaugeon.
Another contender in Basket Lattes Montpellier were also successful as they overcome Tarbes 64-55, behind 20 points from Geraldine Robert and there was a 10-point win for Flammes Carolo Basket as well as they beat Hainaut 79-69 with Amel Bouderra shining after netting 19 points.
Top five take honours in Turkey
The leading lights in the Turkish League all collected positive results over the weekend as bitter rivals Fenerbahce and Galatasaray maintained their perfect unbeaten records. The former did it in style with a 66-47 derby win against Besiktas which was fuelled by 20 points and 13 boards from Jantel Lavender. Galatasaray moved to 4-0 as they completed a comfortable 83-63 win at the Abdi Ipekci against Botas, with the spotlight on Nevriye Yilmaz completing her first game as an Assistant Coach to Marina Maljkovic.
Mersin, Bellona Agu and Yakin Dogu Universitesi all moved to 3-1 as they chalked up victories and it was Gintare Petronyte who proved the cornerstone for Mersin in their 79-68 win at Girne Universitesi as the Lithuanian forward corralled 25 points. Lara Sanders came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Bellona Agu as they eased past Adana Aski 66-47, while Yakin Dogu Universitesi prevailed 82-55 at MBK Dogus Hastanesi. There was also a first league win of the season for Hatay BSB who defeated struggling and still winless Samsun 84-57 thanks mainly to 21 points from Bahar Ozturk.
Pain still piling up for CCC Polkowice
Things are going from bad to worse for CCC Polkowice after they slumped to a fourth loss in five BLK games. New head coach Stefan Svitek suffered his third reverse in the space of just eight days, as his team were outplayed 83-58 by Sleza Wroclaw with salt rubbed into the wounds by the fact the hosts are big derby rivals. Valeriya Musina plundered 23 points, but it wasn't sufficient to prevent the EuroLeague Women side from suffering another heavy loss.
While Wisla Can-Pack have also been unable to record a success in EuroLeague Women, they have maintained their grip on their domestic top spot, with their latest success an eye-catching 96-50 win against Energa Torun. Meighan Simmons had a brilliant 19 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, while newly crowned BLK Player of the Month Ewelina Kobryn had a near triple-double of 17 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds.